Y’Rushot Orlanu: Legacy Lights in a Jewish Context

Monday, May 7 & Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

A Workshop for Elders with The Illumignossi Project

Tuesdays, Feb. 6 & 13, 2018

Fee: There is a $25 materials fee for this two-day workshop. Fee waivers are available; please contact us by phone at 414-446-8794 for a waiver.
Registration: Space is limited; advance registration required. Register online or by phone at 414-446-8794.

Monday, May 7, 2018 and Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

“With age comes wisdom, and length of days brings understanding.” (Job 12:12)

Legacy Lights workshops combine artmaking, writing, and essential questions for elders who are pondering their legacy: What is my life story? What is the meaning of my life? What is my legacy?

“You shall honor your elders" (Lev. 19:32), is central to Judaism, as is the idea of legacy, expressed in the Hebrew phrase l’dor va-dor, meaning “from generation to generation.” Working with Rabbi Moishe Steigmann, founder of The Spark Wisconsin, and David Moss, founder of The Illumignossi Project, you will explore the Jewish approach to legacy as you make your own richly-decorated lamp and share wisdom through conversations about life and the gifts we can pass on. It’s about discovering meanings in our full, complex, messy lives and connecting with others through artmaking and sharing stories, traditions, memories, hopes and dreams.

Legacy work isn’t about death and dying, it’s about life and living. Workshop participants, regardless of their artistic background, come away with a beautiful lamp—a legacy light--to enjoy…and, eventually, to gift. As important, they come away with a deeper appreciation for their life journey. This workshop is open to all who are interested in exploring their legacy. No prior artmaking skills required; participants must attend both sessions.

This workshop is made possible in part with support from Bader Philanthropies, Inc.

About The Illumignossi Project

Make Lamps.  Spread Light.  Share Wisdom.

Illuminating life’s journey is the core of The Illumignossi Project’s philosophy. When we can see life as a journey that’s rich with opportunities for growth and learning, horizons widen and meaning deepens. Like any journey, there are unexpected twists and turns; easy passages and passages that are dark and narrow; tedious portions and moments that are remarkable and sacred.

Now think of light and all that it symbolizes: Warmth, clarity, illumination, understanding, love, healing, hope and inspiration.

Our goal? A little more light for life’s journey. From cradle to grave, we have initiatives that can ease life’s dark, challenging passages or hallow life’s hallmark events. Our unique lamp making process and the beautiful lamps our participants create from natural, handmade papers and materials are surrounded with layers of meaning to help provide light for life’s journey. During the lamp making process connections are made, wisdom is shared, healing is fostered and inspiration is nourished. Whether our workshops are a welcome respite, a positive inflection point along life’s path, or an illuminating flashpoint – a little light, warmth and shared wisdom is always welcome. Gifted to another or kept by its maker, each lamp is its own beautiful, unique symbol that helps provide some welcome light and comfort for life’s journey.

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